Donald E. Nielsen

Donald E. Nielsen, 98, of Laramie WY, passed away September 26, 2022.

He was born May 31, 1924, to Niels and Florence (Essley) Nielsen at Arnold, NE. He graduated from Stapleton High School in 1942, then joined the United States Army in 1946. He married Esther Mary Furmanski on October 29, 1949, in Arnold, NE. He worked for Standard Oil in Stapleton, NE, Hudson Oil in North Platte, NE, then was transferred to Laramie, WY. He worked for the City of Laramie and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, and VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; son Gary Nielsen; daughter Carolyn Herman all of Laramie, WY; son Alan (P.Z.) Nielsen of Barnes, WI; son Dan Nielsen; grandchildren: David, Kristin, Brittany, Elise, Kristian, Michael, Nicole; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Darold, Deane, Darwin, Donzel, Lenora, Leora, Lynette, Lorain; infant siblings Virginia, Dennis and Dale.

Vigil Service will be 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022 at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Funeral Liturgy will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022 at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Military Honors by the Wyoming National Guard and the Laramie Veterans Honor Guard.

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Condolences (11)

  • Kathy Lemon

    Mom and I just found out about your loss..we are very sorry and send love and prayers to all...Aunt Mary & Kathryn

  • Darrell Kindere

    My deepest condolences on your loss, Don was one of the good guys.

  • Dixie B.

    Grandpa, you were a very special person. So glad I knew you. Peace in Heaven!

  • Debbie Pickett

    So very sorry for your loss. My dad, Don Pickett always spoke fondly of Mr Nielsen from when they worked together at the Post Office. I always enjoyed my visits with him when I worked at First Interstate Bank. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda Estelle

    Sorry for your loss Aunt Esther, Gary, Carolyn, Dan, Allan Uncle Donald was a compassionate person my sister Sandy and I will miss him also praying for you all in these days . Linda Estelle

  • Steve Miller

    Carolyn, so sorry to hear of this. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Cheryl Wilson

    Dear Carolyn, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will always remember his kindness to me and his smile and laughter. Hugs to you…

  • Linda Sopr

    My very deepest Condolences! You are all in my thoughts an prayers!

  • Rene Sollars

    Esther, Gary and family, Don will be dearly missed by all who knew him. We treasured having him as our neighbor for many years. Our thoughts are with you all. Rene and Storm Sollars

  • Tia Clark

    Dear Carolyn and family, So sorry to hear of your loss but happy that Donald live such a long life!

  • Joan Jones

    So sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful life he lived.


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